Published On: Fri, Jun 27th, 2014

Cuba calls for end to Puerto Rico’s colonial status

rodolfo1NEW YORK, USA - Cuba reiterated on Monday at the United Nations its call for the end of the colonial status of Puerto Rico and for the materialization of that island’s right to self-determination and independence.

Cuban ambassador Rodolfo Reyes presented a new document on the issue at the UN Decolonization Committee by stressing that such prerogative has been recognized by the United Nations since 1960, when the international community proclaimed the need to put an end to colonialism in all its forms and manifestations.

The committee has adopted 32 resolutions and decisions urging Washington to assume its historic responsibility to favour a process that allows Puerto Ricans to enjoy their rights.

The initiative presented by Cuba and backed by Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, ratifies the Latin American and Caribbean nature of Puerto Rico and it demands the end of repression against Puerto Rican independence activists and the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio.

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